The One-Minute Self-Care Ritual I Practice Every Day

Not too long ago—and yet, it feels like another lifetime—my two-hour train and bus rides to work, and long days once I got there, were starting to wear me out. I don’t think I fully comprehended just how much energy the commutes were taking out of me. …

Not too long ago—and yet, it feels like another lifetime—my two-hour train and bus rides to work, and long days once I got there, were starting to wear me out. I don’t think I fully comprehended just how much energy the commutes were taking out of me. Until I did.

To help, I tried several things: listening to podcasts on my commute, a quick midday workout, but I couldn’t shake that out-of-sorts feeling. I considered trying a daily meditation routine—my friends had boundless ideas and apps to offer—but the problem was that most required setting aside 20 minutes of my time each day. I did not have 20 minutes (I did, but I didn't...you know?). Or perhaps I was just overwhelmed by the idea of sitting still, in complete silence, for long stretches of time.

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